Mystery solved – 50 miles in 8 hours guideline explained

I just got off the phone with City of Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus. He explained the guideline is just that – not a mandate. The goal is to get all of the officers on the beat to drive about the same every day IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION. He also listed a number of other common-sense suggestions that were offered as part of the package. He’s going to get me a copy to post.

So what started all of this? I was able to determine it’s WTMJ, not WISN, on the story. Michael George was the one at the library doing interviews and also calling aldermen.

Hey! Tushaus’ e-mail just arrived. Remember folks, you read it here first.


Reference: None Date: 06-16-08

SUBJECT: Methods for Reducing Fuel Consumption

Purpose: To establish guidelines for reducing fuel consumption by members of the City of Brookfield Police Department

1. Officers are required to park their squads in high visibility, high traffic or high crime areas to observe.

2. Officers are encouraged to turn off vehicle to prevent excessive idling.

3. Officers are required to park their squads and talk with business owners and/or residents during their shift (enhanced community policing, avoid contacting business owners during peak activity).

4. The department will monitor and evaluate individual officers’ use of fuel, including setting separate goals for patrol officers, investigators and administrative support personnel.

5. Officers are required to double-up where feasible (jail transports).

6. Roll-call training will include a segment by the supervisor instructing the officers about the need to reduce fuel cost. Training reviews various methods (from driving habits to planning trips) that each officer can reduce fuel consumption.

7. Officers are discouraged from making return trips to headquarters (reports are completed in the field using mobile data terminals and digital recorders).

8. Officers and fleet maintenance should ensure proper air pressure in the tires of all vehicles.

9. Fleet maintenance will replace air filters in vehicles as soon as they are needed.

10. Officers will adhere to recommended maximum number of miles allowed per shift for patrol officers; exceptions to be granted by the watch commander (DW-50, EW-55, LW-60) (limit “patrolling” by detectives).

These are great ideas – like number 5: doubling up to transport instead of one car following another – to conserve your tax dollars. Chief Tushuas’ leadership is evident on this, and I thank him for it.

What still remains to be found? Who called the TV station. Which one of these guidelines do you think triggered the call?


  1. BrkfldDad says:

    Not sure any specific guideline may have triggered the call, it may be the 50 miles. If you assume that a number of these officers, especially those on third shift, are cruising through neighborhoods and business districts looking for anything out of the ordinary, that’s a low threshold to hit. Heck, if you are traveling 25 MPH, that’s only 2 hours out of 8 and you are are done. Granted they stop, take breaks, make traffic stops, etc…, but it still seems low to me.

  2. Tushaus explained the number was derived by finding the average miles driven per officer – it’s not a reduction, but rather encouraging a couple of officers to lay off the pedal. You’ll see that the mileage is “recommended” and that exceptions can be granted.